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Mar 2015
The Ideal Home Show

The Gap House has been designed to demonstrate that by facilitating smaller areas in urban environments, where living space is at a premium, we can create unique, innovative and exciting spaces to live. The living space in the Gap House is only just over 3 metres wide – similar to that of a garage or allotment space – and is intended to fit into a gap between two buildings. As the need for housing is growing people are building up instead of out in many urban areas, which creates some unique design challenges. Sophie de Castro has crammed the house with space saving ideas, from convertible, multifunctional furniture to clever lighting solutions. Take ideas away for your own living spaces from the ingenious spatial planning and zoning techniques as well as the use of space and light within each room, which de Castro has carefully considered to make sure it uses every inch of space to its maximum potential.

Almost the whole layout is kept open plan to enable the most flexible living area and the sitting and dining room have been moved to the first floor to allow more light into the living space, keeping all utilities on the ground floor. On the 2nd floor the space has been opened up, avoiding light-blocking solid walls and installing bi-fold doors in the master bedroom to enable full use of the majority of the floor space upstairs. A foldaway bed that converts into a study area in the spare room creates a multipurpose room and a James Grace glass staircase optimises the light that flows in from the windows.

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  • The Gap house at the Ideal Home Show
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December, 2013
Ecooking Kitchen featured in Wired UK's December issue (page 60)
wired magazine uk feauturing Clei Ecooking
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March 15th, 2013
The Ideal Home Show's main attractions 2013
Only Fools and Horses at the Ideal home show

Del Boy's living room gets a lovely jubbly makeover

Del Boy and Rodney Trotter's famous Peckham council flat from TV's Only Fools and Horses is to be given a modern day facelift, as part of an initiative to show how a typical urban flat can be transformed into a multi-purpose living space at this year's Ideal Home Show.
Fans of Only Fools and Horses will get the chance to walk around the Trotters' front room
The flat will be built as a replica and will be fully kitted out with the original psychedelic carpet taken from the TV series and will feature the same colourful curtains and 1980's fittings, including the famous living room bar.

The modern re-fit shows what the Nelson Mandela house flat could look like today, by Bonbon
The replica flat will sit alongside a second property which will be completely modernised and upgraded in the ultimate transformation by TV presenter and architect George Clarke using furniture by Bonbon Compact Living to create a dynamic and multifunctional modern home for city dwellers.

With the before and after Ideal Re-Fit, George Clarke will demonstrate to homeowners how to rearrange, and reorganise the space to make it more efficient and functional.

The build structure, footprint and fascia of the Ideal Re-Fit flat will be exactly the same as the original 1980's home, retaining the core personality of the iconic TV flat, whilst the internal layout of the refit will be modified and brought up to date to reflect the demands of 21st Century living.

With clever planning and creative use of contemporary and adaptable fixtures and fittings, George's Ideal Re-fit demonstrates how a bit of creativity can go a long way towards moving and changing each room into a fully equipped, multifunctional living space.

George Clarke & John Challis who stars as Boycie will officially open the flat to the public at 10.00am on Friday 15th March.

Only Fools and Horses first aired in 1981 and there were 64 episodes in total. In 2004 it was voted Britain's Best Sitcom in a BBC poll

Jan 24th, 2013
Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers
CLEI is one of the major sponsors of MAKING ROOM : NEW MODELS FOR HOUSING NEW YORKERS, an exhibition opening from Jan 23 to Sept 15, 2013 at the “Museum of the City of New York”. One of the exhibition highlights is LAUNCHPAD, a jewel box studio apartment of 325 square feet furnished with multifunctional integrated systems from CLEI , designed by Architect Pierluigi Colombo : a luxurious European-style living in a New York City footprint.

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